The First Thing
How do you begin important tasks? Do you make a list of steps and requirements or seek the counsel of experts? Or do you stop and ask God for His wisdom and guidance?
In Genesis 24 we see that Abraham entrusted his servant, Eliezer, with a most special commission: the choosing of a wife for his beloved son, Isaac. Eliezer knew that a job of this importance required prayer and God's providence. Abraham not only wanted the best wife for his son because he loved him, but he also knew the significance of his son's line: "Then God said, 'Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him'" (Genesis 17:19).
So instead of choosing a wife among the pagan Canaanites, Abraham sent this servant to his homeland of Nahor. Abraham wanted Isaac's wife to be a woman of character, faithfulness, and commitment. Abraham told Eliezer, "I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac" (Genesis 24:3-4).
When Eliezer arrived in Nahor, the first thing he did was pray. He did not begin inquiring about the local families. He did not send out scouts. He did not even rest after his long journey. He first and foremost sought God's guidance in finding a godly wife for Isaac.
Prayer: Father, when I am facing an important task, help me to remember to stop and pray first, asking for Your wisdom and guidance. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"You do not have, because you do not ask God" (James 4:2).
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